Real estate and construction in Gibraltar

Hassans

Led by Nicholas Howard, the practice at Hassans is 'second to none'; the firm's real estate work spans the drafting of commercial lease agreements and conveyancing for affordable housing developments, off plan apartments and luxury accommodation. Moreover, the group acts for a number of banks and building societies on residential mortgages and re-mortgages. Construction work is also a specialism, and the team works with investors, construction companies and lenders on all aspects of residential and commercial building projects. Ian Farrell and Gemma Vasquez are other core team members. Associate Meera Aswani is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Howard

Other key lawyers:

Ian Farrell; Gemma Vasquez; Meera Aswani; Stephanie Acris; Gian Massetti; Darren Martinez

Testimonials

‘Their market know-how is second to none.’

‘Stephanie Acris is a true professional with a very personal approach and an exceptional attention to detail.’

‘Professional and prompt response to queries.’

‘Stephanie Acris, is the most professional and competent person in her role I have dealt with in over 20 years of real estate transactions’

‘Without a doubt it is the calibre of the people you deal with. In Real estate and construction both Nicholas and Meera are excellent while I have also found Gemma Vasquez (Lead Partner), Gian Massetti and Darren Martinez to be equally outstanding. I particularly appreciate the collaboration that exists within these individuals and how they all work together to provide the customer with the best service possible. The honesty in their advice and their interest in their clients is very welcome.’

‘Both Nicholas Howard (Partner) and Meera Aswani (Associate), are excellent in their field bringing a wealth of experience and great local market knowledge. Both have a great network which facilities easy and constructive discussions across the key stakeholders in all our respective dealings. Both are easily contactable, very polite, very professional and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘A very approachable and responsive firm with excellent market knowledge and practice.’

‘Nick Howard – excellent stand out commercial real estate lawyer.’

‘A friendly and supportive team, good to deal with and clear advice on Gibraltar law.’

‘Meera Aswani – efficient clear advice, very easy to deal with and a friendly and approachable can do attitude. Effective drafting and a good grasp of the issues.’

‘They are engaging and responsive in your dealings with them and they have a wealth of knowledge at their disposal with the people they employ within their practice.’

‘Meera Aswani, Stephanie Acris & Ian Farrell are all stand out members of the property team. They are available throughout the deal with updates and are a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Ocean Village

Sancus

Commercial Development Investments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Grand Central House Limited on the acquisition, financing, planning, construction, and disposal of a number of real estate development projects.
  • Advising major banks in multimillion-pound development/property financing projects.
  • Advising numerous high-net-worth investors on the acquisition of off-plan real estate.

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP is frequently instructed by developers and construction companies to assist with all aspects of both residential and commercial construction projects including office blocks and hotels. The firm is equipped to deal with all stages of the construction process, from financing and drafting initial agreements through to disputes. Commercial leases are also a specialism; Samantha Grimes advises on drafting agreements and business tenancy termination, while Mark Isola QC, who jointly heads the team alongside Grimes, represents property management groups and management companies in landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Isola QC; Samantha Grimes

Testimonials

‘Their team is very approachable and are always available for a consultation and provide quick and efficient advice when required. They go further than to provide what the law says by providing a client seeking advice with the options and pros and cons of these in order to assist with an informed decision. ’

Key clients

Europort (International) Holdings Limited

Europort Five Limited

Kings Wharf

Jackpot Joy Group

Trusted Novus Bank

Gibraltar Naval Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for the owners of the Europort development on all property matters and applications concerning a commercial building of 35,000 sqm.
  • Advising Europort Five Limited on the grant of underlease concerning the construction of the new building and works to fit out the Primary Care Centre as a Medical Centre.
  • Acting for Kings Wharf on a financing and construction project called Quay 31, the third of three phases of the Kings Wharf Development.

Triay Lawyers

Conveyancing is the primary focus of Triay Lawyers, and the firm advises both purchasers and sellers on transactions relating to all types of property. As a full service firm, the team often collaborates with the corporate group to advice on the real estate aspects of commercial transactions. Practice head Julian Triay acts for commercial landlords and tenants in contractual negotiations and repair disputes. Consultant Abraham Serfaty QC acts for banks on real estate financing.

Practice head(s):

Julian Triay

Other key lawyers:

Abraham Serfaty QC

Key clients

Jyske Bank A/S

Grant Thornton Gibraltar

Anglo Hispano Company Limited

St Andrew’s Church of Scotland Gibraltar

Sovereign Resources Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised St Andrew Church of Scotland Gibraltar on the sale of a freehold property.
  • Advised Grant Thornton on the sale of Enterprise Insurance Group Plc’s offices.
  • Advised Jyske Bank A/S on the transfer of properties occupied and owned by its subsidiary to the parent company immediately prior to the sale of the subsidiary.

TSN Barristers & Solicitors

TSN Barristers & Solicitors has long been a name to note in the property sector, having represented either developers or funders in many of the largest development projects in recent years. The firm's offering includes drafting securities documents and assisting with conveyancing, as well as working with construction companies on contract management and procurement issues. Charles Lavarello is the key contact.